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From left, Michelle Acosta, Jessica Hellstein and Maria Manzi

First quarter S.T.A.R. Award winners 

Congratulations to the winners of our first-quarter Special Thanks And Recognition awards, which honor employees whose behaviors align with Yale New Haven Health's Standards of Professional Behavior. 

Michelle Acosta, PSA II 
Northeast Medical Group 
Family Medicine
652 Boston Post Road

“I am proud to be part of NEMG. I enjoy helping patients on a daily basis. It is very rewarding when a patient acknowledges you with a smile and a thank you. Advocating for our patients is something I strive for every day." 

Jessica Hellstein, business analyst
Northeast Medical Group 

196 Parkway South, Suite 103

“It’s a privilege to work for Northeast Medical Group and be part of the Yale New Haven Health System. Data analytics and evidence-based practices continue to drive change in Population Health and I am proud to support a team that works to ensure our patients receive the highest quality care. Working behind the scenes, I am in awe of the incredible patient care provided day-in and day-out by our clinicians, staff and administration. I am thankful for the opportunity to serve.”

Maria Manzi, MA
Northeast Medical Group 
Internal Medicine
1308 Chapel Street
New Haven

“I am proud to be a YNHHS healthcare hero. In my primary care office, my co-workers and I had to put on new hats and help patients in new and different ways than we were used to. Whether it was assisting them in setting up a MyChart account, helping with telemedicine visits or lending an ear to listen and assure them they were not in this alone. Our patients faced new obstacles and barriers to getting the care and resources they needed during this pandemic, and I did not take no for an answer in getting them the care they required during this difficult time. Putting patients first is my number one priority.”

To nominate an employee, colleague or physician for a S.T.A.R. award, use this form (in network only) or e-mail [email protected].